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Director of Community & School Programs

Description & Qualifications

The Director of Community & School Programs provides oversight of program development and assessment of family, community, school and inclusive programming. The Director of Community & School Programs exemplifies and promotes CMA’s values by building inclusive communities and rich educational connections through engaging participatory programming and initiatives. The Director of Community & School Programs sees the City of New York as a classroom and CMA’s programming as an entry point to civic engagement and understands the cultural organization is space/place for students/participants to generalize educational and social goals in the community.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

School Programs

  • Directs the School Programs Team (Manager and Coordinator) managing paid and subsidized group visits, after school and in-school partnerships with public and private New York City DOE schools and group visits
  • Implements organization’s educational pedagogy of Look, Make, Share while integrating research-based practices in education
  • Builds a network for professional development of DOE school teachers on the role of Arts/Culture/Museum Education in meeting NYS Standards such as Common-Core, Project-Based Learning, Universal Design for Learning, Blueprint on for Teaching and Learning in the Arts, 21st Century Skills and Literacy through the Arts, STEAM/STEM education, Inquiry Methods, Fine and Media Arts
  • Works with Curatorial Team to interpret exhibitions and collection

Community Programs

  • Oversees the day-to-day logistics of the Inclusive Arts programs, Restart, ARTogether, Free Arts, and other grant funded programs
  • Engages a broad range of vulnerable/marginalized constituents which may include providing supports to families with disabilities and special needs, families experiencing hardship, poverty and those living in transition
  • Ensures programming is informed by Universal Design for Learning (UDL) approaches for inclusion of participants at different stages of human development; as well as provides culturally-informed and multilingual programming
  • Develops partnerships with school/community/cultural liaisons to ensures users are able to access free, accessible and inclusive programming/spaces
  • Drives department efforts to meet organization’s Strategic Plan and ensures we are moving towards our institutional identity/brand
  • Works with Development and Executive Team to seek funding and manage grant funded initiatives. Manages several projection, expense and income budgets

Professional Development

  • Develop professional development programs (both internal and external) which include presentations, workshops, 1:1 supervision, peer-to-peer learning and online tools for self-guided staff learning
  • Oversee robust internship program, contractors, and consultants
  • Advisor on museum accessibility initiatives which include ADA best practices and family engagement

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Must have a passion for working with children and families, and understanding visitors’ needs, engagement strategies, and educational principles
  • Strongly believes in the core values of CMA and is driven by the mission
  • Advanced degree in Education, Child Life, Museum Studies, Art & Cultural Management, or related field preferred
  • Experience creating programs for children with disabilities and English Language Learners
  • Proven ability to manage education/cultural programming and foster relationships with internal and external partners. Ability to work both collaboratively and oversee a team, while also maintaining a proactive and solution-oriented approach to individual responsibilities
  • Ability to assess priorities and work well under pressure; excellent time management, problem solving, and analytical skills. Must be able to multi-task across a variety of projects at once. Proven project management skills essential
  • Experience managing grant funded initiatives with diverse methods of qualitative assessment and quantitative evaluation of programming for various settings (i.e. school, community, grant initiatives)
  • Proficiency in a second language preferred.

How to Apply

Working Conditions: We are a motivated group of high-achieving and creative managers. Occasional weekend or evening hours are required of all staff. CMA is a fun and exciting place to work and there is room for promotion and growth.

This is a full-time position. Salary is low to mid $60,000 based on prior experience. CMA also offers a competitive benefits package.

To apply: Please send a resume and cover letter including salary requirements to hr@cmany.org with “Director of Community & School Programs” in the subject line.

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please.

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidate from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply

 

Teaching Artist – Free Arts Island Outpost (Weekends)

Description & Qualifications

CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and educators who facilitate multi-sensory learning and support creative problem-solving skills. Teaching Artists are essential to CMA in that they offer insight into studio programming, exhibitions, and cultural festivals from the perspective of a practicing artist. Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are encouraged to incorporate their own art practices into creating hands-on artmaking workshops.

The successful candidate will work to strengthen CMA’s offerings as well as to develop new programming initiatives that will keep CMA current and innovative. Ideal candidates are warm, outgoing, collaborative, flexible and creative.

 

 

Children’s Museum of the Arts seeks to hire teaching artists for Free Arts Island Outpost, a program that promotes collaborative artmaking for children and families on Governor’s Island. Workshops run each weekend on Saturday and Sunday from May 4th-September 29th, including Labor Day and Memorial Day. Teaching Artists in this position will:

  • Create and facilitate hands-on workshops at the museum’s Free Arts Island Outpost, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking workshops.
  • Set up and break down workshops at the start and end of each day.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Must have a passion for working with children and families, and understanding visitors’ needs, engagement strategies, and educational principles
  • Strongly believes in the core values of CMA and is driven by the mission
  • Ability to work as part of a team of dedicated professional. Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, including the ability to build and cultivate relationships and work effectively with diverse groups
  • Commitment to efficient, equitable choice processes and excellent customer service
  • Comfortable working in a public setting with large volumes of people, particularly children ages 1-15
  • Ability to work outside during the summer months.
  • Must lead with positive approaches to behavior and customer service. Will be expected to apply museum guidelines for addressing challenging issues or emergency protocol
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the plan for workshops. Must be open to learning and incorporating new tools, equipment and techniques. Enjoys working hard, looks forward to challenges, is a resourceful and creative problem-solver able to respond appropriately even if limited information is available
  • Preferred 1-2 years working experience in an community setting, arts or cultural organization, museum or educator position preferred and/or a genuine interest in teaching art to children ages 5-15
  • Ability to scaffold and pace instruction for a variety of ages, development/physical abilities and settings. When required provide visual supports (i.e. signage, schedules, process)
  • Genuine interest in supporting the social-emotional development of children learning in a community setting
  • Maybe expected to collect pre/post evaluation data, document sessions and provide reflective notes
  • BA, BFA in fine art, design, illustration, art history, education, or related field preferred
  • Ability to speak a second language is a plus
  • Must be reliable and punctual; able to meet the needs of your committed shifts

This is an hourly, part time position. Shifts run 9:00AM-5:30PM Saturdays & Sundays as well as Memorial Day & Labor Day.

How to Apply

Please send a resume, cover letter, and online samples of your work to: TA@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Bilingual Teaching Artist - School & Community Programs

Description & Qualifications

Children’s Museum of the Arts seeks to hire teaching artists for in-school residencies in the Castle Hill neighborhood of the Bronx and the Springfield Gardens neighborhood of Queens. Bilingual Teaching Artists preferred.

CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and educators who facilitate multi-sensory learning and support creative problem-solving skills. Teaching Artists are essential to CMA in that they offer insight into studio programming, exhibitions, and cultural festivals from the perspective of a practicing artist. Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are encouraged to incorporate their own art practices into creating hands-on artmaking workshops. Additionally, Teaching Artists lead inquiry-based dialogue in the classrooms, gallery, and studios encouraging children and families to apply critical thinking to investigating and creating art. Ideal candidates are warm, outgoing, collaborative, flexible and creative.

Bilingual Teaching Artist- School & Community Programs  

Under the supervision of the Community Programs team, the School & Community Programs Teaching Artist will have the following responsibilities:

    • Attend professional development trainings and meetings at CMA
    • Co-Teach sessions in school settings
    • Implement effective classroom management strategies and an organized class structure
  • Cultivate and motivate students through using interdisciplinary themes and making connections to their lives and the world around them
  • Encourage students to apply their observations, reflections, critical thinking, and creativity to make their own works of art
  • Provide students with opportunities to interact and reflect upon artwork of their own, of their classmates, and of emerging and established artists by implementing visual thinking strategies and CMA’s pedagogy of look, make, share
  • Submit reflections, visual documentation, curriculum, and research on a weekly basis

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Proficient in Spanish
  • Experience working with students with disabilities a plus. Flexible to make adaptations for diverse learners
  • Must have a passion for working with children and families, and understanding visitors’ needs, engagement strategies, and educational principles
  • Strongly believes in the core values of CMA and is driven by the mission
  • Ability to work as part of a team of dedicated professional. Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, including the ability to build and cultivate relationships and work effectively with diverse groups
  • Commitment to efficient, equitable choice processes and excellent customer service
  • Must lead with positive approaches to behavior and customer service. Will be expected to apply museum guidelines for addressing challenging issues or emergency protocol
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the plan for workshops. Must be open to learning and incorporating new tools, equipment and techniques. Enjoys working hard, looks forward to challenges, is a resourceful and creative problem-solver able to respond appropriately even if limited information is available
  • Preferred 1-2 years working experience in an community setting, arts or cultural organization, museum or educator position preferred and/or a genuine interest in teaching art to children ages 5-15
  • Experience writing curriculum embedded with complimentary classroom management and inclusion strategies
  • Ability to scaffold and pace instruction for a variety of ages, development/physical abilities and settings. When required provide visual supports (i.e. signage, schedules, process)
  • Genuine interest in supporting the social-emotional development of children learning in a community setting
  • BA, BFA in fine art, design, illustration, art history, education, or related field preferred
  • Ability to speak a second language
  • Must be reliable and punctual; able to meet the needs of your committed shifts

This is an hourly, part time position.

How to Apply

To apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and online samples of your work to: TA@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

Education Intern

Description & Qualifications

The Education Intern(s) will work within School and Community Programs to plan and facilitate Group Visits at CMA.

Interns will gain direct experience in teaching artistry and nonprofit administration, with a specific focus on inclusive arts practices and collaboration with schools.

Interns will:

– Assist Teaching Artists in facilitating group visits for students (Pre-K – High School).

– Build teaching artist skills, including working with special needs students, inquiry-based learning and inclusive teaching, and creating lessons and projects. Click here for more on our methods and pedagogy.

– Experience the education and outreach components of arts nonprofit leadership. This includes creating curriculum, forging connections with schools and communities, supporting our free inclusive programs for children with special needs, and short and long-term project creation.

Course credit may be available with approval from your academic advisor.

Dates:

Summer: Flexible but June 10 – August 30, 2019 preferred

Days: 3-5 weekdays
Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm

Requirements:

-Artistic practice or experience

-Experience working with kids or teens

-Organized, reliable, able to work individually and with a team

-Proficient in Google Suite, strong oral/written communication skills

-Interest in arts leadership

A plus:

-Experience with children with disabilities/ learning differences

-Fluency in languages other than English, including Spanish, French, ASL, etc.

How To Apply

Please email a resume and one-page cover letter describing the following:

  •       Your relevant qualifications (teaching, administration, artistic, etc.)
  •       Your interest in the Children’s Museum of the Arts
  •       Your availability (days/times)

Please email your resume and cover letter to:

Education Intern: ta@cmany.org

Subject Line: Interested Position: [POSITION TITLE]

Ex: Interested Position: EDUCATION INTERN

Eligible candidates will be contacted by email for an interview.

Visitor Services Associate

Description & Qualifications

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers.

Front Desk Responsibilities:

  • Taking admissions and maintaining the cash register via PatronManager
  • Understanding and operating museum technology, and troubleshooting issues
  • Checking in members and groups
  • Answer phones and directing calls
  • Providing information on daily functions of the museum, as well as neighborhood directions and recommendations
  • Gift shop sales
  • Customer service
  • Helping with administrative tasks including mass mailings and database entry
  • Maintaining cleanliness of Museum entrance area

Floor Responsibilities:

  • Greeting visitors and guiding them to age appropriate areas
  • Providing information on daily functions of the museum, as well as neighborhood directions and recommendations
  • Answering visitor questions regarding museum programming including art exhibits, classes, and outreaches
  • Ensuring museum safety, particularly in museum play areas
  • Assisting children, parents, and teaching artists in workshops and art-making
  • Assisting administrative staff
  • Maintaining cleanliness of lobby, stroller parking, and other museum areas
  • Understanding and operating museum technology, and troubleshooting issues

Qualifications

  • 1 to 2 years experience in a customer service or sales environment
  • Experience working on a PC
  • Personable demeanor
  • Self-directed and works well under minimal supervision
  • Experience with children and the arts preferable
  • Ability to handle a fast-paced and sometimes hectic atmosphere
  • Weekend availability preferred

Rate: $15/hour

How to Apply

To apply, please send your cover letter and resume to Sean at sgilfeather@cmany.org

Facility Maintenance Assistant

Description & Qualifications

The Facility Maintenance Assistant is responsible for providing basic and specialty cleaning services to all areas of the museum in order to maintain the facility in a safe, clean, and welcoming condition. Work is performed both independently and with support from a contracted cleaning company in accordance with facility standards and procedures.

The successful candidate will have experience servicing the needs of a facility of a similar size and/or operation, and will be comfortable with the following responsibilities. This is an hourly, non-exempt position. Candidates must be willing to work part-time. On occasion the candidate will need to swing morning hours or work later hours to accommodate evening events.

This position requires a person who enjoys working with others and is able to communicate clearly, as he/she will have to respond to the facility needs of 20 full time staff members. He/she should be a good task manager with strong initiative. He/she must be comfortable with physical labor and be willing to undertake hands-on cleaning tasks.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • This position is responsible for continuously demonstrating proficiency in basic cleaning of the museum. Interaction/contact with patrons and staff can vary from limited to high.
  • Perform daily janitorial duties associated with shift assignments, which includes the general cleaning of the museum facility in assigned areas including (but not limited to): cleaning, sanitizing, dusting, and supplying restrooms.
  • Performs janitorial tasks such as sweeping and mopping of floors, cleaning of windows and walls in accessible areas, paint touch-up, and emptying trash. Including, maintenance of light bulbs for facility.
  • Responsible for facility repairs such as painting benches, walls, pedestals, wall patching, spot stain removal, and other surfaces. Maintain and adhere to painting guide for facility.
  • Perform work operating battery-powered, electric, and manual equipment; uses cleaning equipment such as: brooms, dusters; mechanical floor cleaners, vacuums, and mops.
  • Clean and maintain equipment and storage areas associated with position. Monitor assigned areas and equipment for damage or needed repairs and inform immediate supervisor. Perform minor repairs as assigned.
  • Coordinate delivery and storage of packages and shipments. Maintain supplies and equipment inventory. Order supplies with Finance Manager approval.
  • Consistently and routinely demonstrate both knowledge and skill in the same use and operation of cleaning products, equipment, cleaning techniques necessary to maintain the museum’s quality standards.
  • Oversee and coordinate with outside vendors including (but not limited to): electricians, plumbers, general contractors, etc. Manage & submit building workspeed requests.
  • Complete other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age, high school graduate or equivalent.
  • Minimum of (1) year janitorial experience in a commercial, institutional, or healthcare setting. Vocational training and certification will also be considered.
  • Excellent housekeeping skills with a sharp eye for detail.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of basic cleaning techniques, proper storage methods, inventory control, and ordering procedures.
  • Highly motivated and able to work independently or as part of a team.
  • Ability to interact with the public and with staff professionally and tactfully.
  • Adhere to museum policies and support management decisions in a positive, professional manner.
  • Knowledge of museum policies and procedures as applicable to custodial duties and preservation of works of art.
  • Availability to work weekends, evenings, and special events as needed

How to Apply

Working Conditions: We are a motivated group of high-achieving and creative managers. We are fortunate to be surrounded by children ages 1-15 years old and their caregivers who are learning about and creating art – our tasks is to model professional behavior so mutual respect and fun can coexist.

Salary: $15/hour

CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

To apply:

Please send a resume and cover letter including salary requirements, to: hr@cmany.org

No calls, please.

Teaching Artist (multiple positions)

Description & Qualifications

CMA’s Teaching Artists are practicing artists and educators who facilitate multi-sensory learning and support creative problem-solving skills. Teaching Artists are essential to CMA in that they offer insight into studio programming, exhibitions, and cultural festivals from the perspective of a practicing artist. Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are encouraged to incorporate their own art practices into creating hands-on artmaking workshops. Additionally, Teaching Artists lead inquiry-based dialogue in the classrooms, gallery, and studios encouraging children and families to apply critical thinking to investigating and creating art.

The successful candidate will work to strengthen CMA’s fine arts and media lab offerings as well as to develop new programming initiatives that will keep CMA current and innovative. Ideal candidates are warm, outgoing, collaborative, flexible and creative.

CMA has the following open positions:

Fine Arts Department Teaching Artist (Weekends)

  • Create and facilitate hands-on workshops in the museum’s Fine Arts Studio, including drawing, painting, sculpture, and printmaking.

Media Lab Department Teaching Artist (Weekends)

  • Create and facilitate hands-on workshops in the museum’s Media Lab, including stop-motion animation, sound recording, set building, and live action filmmaking.

Key Skills, Abilities, and Experience:

  • Must have a passion for working with children and families, and understanding visitors’ needs, engagement strategies, and educational principles
  • Strongly believes in the core values of CMA and is driven by the mission
  • Ability to work as part of a team of dedicated professional. Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills, including the ability to build and cultivate relationships and work effectively with diverse groups
  • Commitment to efficient, equitable choice processes and excellent customer service
  • Comfortable working in a public setting with large volumes of people, particularly children ages 1-15
  • Must lead with positive approaches to behavior and customer service. Will be expected to apply museum guidelines for addressing challenging issues or emergency protocol
  • Ability to think strategically, anticipate future consequences and trends, and incorporate them into the plan for workshops. Must be open to learning and incorporating new tools, equipment and techniques. Enjoys working hard, looks forward to challenges, is a resourceful and creative problem-solver able to respond appropriately even if limited information is available
  • Preferred 1-2 years working experience in an community setting, arts or cultural organization, museum or educator position preferred and/or a genuine interest in teaching art to children ages 5-15
  • Experience writing curriculum embedded with complimentary classroom management and inclusion strategies
  • Ability to scaffold and pace instruction for a variety of ages, development/physical abilities and settings. When required provide visual supports (i.e. signage, schedules, process)
  • Genuine interest in supporting the social-emotional development of children learning in a community setting
  • Maybe expected to collect pre/post evaluation data, document sessions and provide reflective notes
  • BA, BFA in fine art, design, illustration, art history, education, or related field preferred
  • Ability to speak a second language is a plus
  • Must be reliable and punctual; able to meet the needs of your committed shifts

This is an hourly, part time position.

How to Apply

To apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and online samples of your work to: TA@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please. Eligible candidates will be contacted by email or phone for an interview. CMA is seeking to hire immediately. CMA is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to apply.

ARTogether Visit Facilitator

Description & Qualifications

The mission of the Children’s Museum of the Arts is to extend the benefits of the arts to all children and their communities and to secure the future of the arts by inspiring and championing the next generation of artists and art lovers. We work to fulfill our mission by providing authentic hands-on art experiences for children with artists, both in our art-filled interactive museum, in the community, and by collecting and exhibiting children’s art. We are committed to celebrating the artist in every child and promoting access to the arts for all children regardless of ability or socioeconomic status because we believe the arts are critical to child and youth development and to strong and vibrant communities.

The ARTogether program provides families who are receiving preventive services, in foster care working toward reunification, or building kinship relationships to bond, interact, and play together both on-site at CMA and off-site at different social service agencies. ARTogether is designed to provide engaging and interactive visits for families with children ages 1-12 years old.

The program is currently seeking a clinically trained facilitator to be paid hourly, according to contract. This position provides an opportunity to gain experience working in a unique community-based, family-centered program with families who are navigating NYC’s child welfare system. The facilitator will be scheduled to host visits on an as- needed basis and flexible weekend hours are required. Supervision by a Licensed Creative Arts Therapist is provided.

Responsibilities:

  • Engaging families in art and imaginative play activities in the museum and off-site at social services agencies
  • Working with participating heads of household to establish program participation 
goals
  • Providing feedback and support to families to ensure progress toward family 
goals
  • Documenting activities, observations, and family progress toward set goals
  • Collaborating with referring workers to best serve participants’ needs
  • Participating in community outreach opportunities

Qualifications:

  • Fluent in Mandarin, Cantonese, or Spanish preferred
  • Flexible evening and weekend schedule
  • Art Therapy, Social Service, or Human Service background
  • Must have experience working with children and families
  • Able to travel to serve families in agency settings through out NYC
  • Strong documenting skills
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite

How To Apply

Please send your resume and a brief cover letter to ARTogether@cmany.org

All applications will be kept in confidence. No calls, please.

Community Programs Teaching Artist - Accessibility

Description & Qualifications

CMA’s community programs provide a supportive artistic environment for all children and families. Our programs inspire skills in looking, making and sharing ideas about art in a recreational setting. CMA’s current programs address the needs of families in the NYC child welfare system, families residing in public housing, as well as families of children with physical and developmental disabilities. Working with consulting professionals in art therapy and occupational therapy, CMA is considered a leader in building accessible art-based programming.

CMA’s key Community Programs include:

ARTogether: CMA uses arts to rebuild trust and communication among families in the foster care system working towards reunification

RESTART: CMA brings multi-session free art programs for children living in transitional housing

Inclusive Weekend Classes: Provides opportunities for children with physical disabilities and their siblings to participate in a family program. Provides opportunities for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their siblings to participate in a family program. The Community Programs Teaching Artist plans and facilitates art-making workshops and classes for children and families in the above programs as well as new program initiatives in the community and schools throughout the year. The Community Programs Teaching Artists reports directly to the Director of Community Programs and work closely to collaborate with contracted occupational therapists and art therapists, fellow teaching artists and interns.

Additionally, the Community Programs Teaching Artist would work with participating families for program evaluations and goal setting. Responsibilities include coordinating documentation, photos and reports necessary for successful programming.

Within the framework of CMA’s programming, Teaching Artists are expected to incorporate process, multi-sensory layers and visual supports into workshop designs and curriculum. Weekend hours are required. The Community Programs teaching artist position is paid hourly with approximately 15-20 hours per week. Initiatives may take place at the museum or at an off-site location.

Qualifications

  • Minimum of 2 years experience teaching art to children with special needs between the ages of 10 months-15 yrs as well as working with at risk families.
  • Graduate degree, or related experiences in fine arts, art therapy, special education, social work, or museum education.
  • A Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts, Film/Media or Multi-media is required.
  • Must have strong people skills and the ability to work well with both children and adults.
  • Must be able to work independently as well as collaboratively on projects with staff and students.
  • Knowledge of NYC arts community as well as an appreciation and knowledge for traditional and contemporary artists and practices (in Fine Art or Media Arts).
  • Must be outgoing, friendly and team player.
  • Strong written and verbal skills and able to communicate well with both adults and children.

How to Apply

Please send your resume, a brief cover letter, and samples of your artwork to TA@cmany.org. No phone calls please.

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